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Old 02-21-2017, 11:08 AM
 
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This reminds me of my grandfather's funeral. He hadn't darkened the doors of a church in decades. He left a string of ex wives and at least one illegitimate child in his wake. In his youth, he had looks, charm and money and he rode that wave as long as he could, but eventually he ran out of all three.

My dad decided to be a decent sort and give him a small but tasteful funeral in the tiny country church that my dad's grandparents had attended so many years ago. Preacher was included.

Now this preacher had never met my grandfather. He knew nothing redeeming about him. And yet he got up there and talked about my grandfather as if he was St Jude or the Apostle Paul!
Thanks for the reminder!

My family has an ailing relative who is the mirror image of your relative. Though not a criminal per se, he led a shallow, self centered and sexually manipulative life. His adult daughter has been estranged from him for years. I need to make a strong mental note that if the funeral falls on us, we need to any clergy not to eulogize the guy.
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Thanks for the reminder!

My family has an ailing relative who is the mirror image of your relative. Though not a criminal per se, he led a shallow, self centered and sexually manipulative life. His adult daughter has been estranged from him for years. I need to make a strong mental note that if the funeral falls on us, we need to any clergy not to eulogize the guy.
Well, amen to that.

Just because someone's dead now doesn't mean they weren't a class A jerk when they were alive.
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:17 PM
 
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Of course, none of us know for sure if this man did or did not possess any redeeming qualities. But it does sound like his bad behavior/traits far outweighed any good he (possibly) did, therefore the less than complimentary obit.
It sounds to me like he didn't leave his obit writers any money or worldly goods.
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Old 02-21-2017, 08:23 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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I can see both point of views. I think the best course of action would have been to just taken out an obituary stating that the person was deceased. If anybody asked, I would have told them that no funeral and no memorial service was planned.
I can well understand the temptation to "tell it like it is" when someone's safety isn't at risk.
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Old 02-27-2017, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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He will be sorely missed by the local bars and liquor stores and contributed to the local area by keeping these establishments in full employment.

Amen
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Old 06-06-2018, 12:05 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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Default More Fun With Toxic Obituaties

For more fun with toxic obituaries see Mother's obituary - won't be missed by Gina and Jay .
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